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Cities of Today, Cities of Tomorrow

Unit 1: What is a City?
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Don’t forget this week’s ‘Ideal City’ activity.
  1. Do you live in a city? If not, do you live nearby, is your life somehow linked to a city? What is its name? What is its population?

  2. Each student should make a list of five things he or she associates with a city; things that can't be found elsewhere. This is a mini-definition of a city as each student sees it. The lists should be shared with the class. How much agreement is there between the lists?

  3. Reread the last two paragraphs of the text. What are some of the positive things about the city you live in? What are some of the negative things?

  4. What does "urbanization" mean? How would you define "urban growth rate"? Can you determine a "growth rate" for your school?

  5. Why is urbanization considered such a significant development?


  6. Look at Table 1. Column A represents the world's largest cities in 1950. Column B represents the world's largest cities in 2015.

    Make 2 tables, one for each column, with these headings: City, Country, Continent, Population

    First, list the cities in order of size. Find out which country and continent they are in and fill in the table.

    What was the average size of the largest cities in 1950? What will the average size of the largest cities be in 2015? Count the number of times each continent appears in the 1950 table. Do the same for the 2015 table. What do you notice? What could account for the difference?


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